It's become a staple of the winter in Muskegon. Hundreds of people gather to celebrate the season, thumb their nose at the temperatures a little and make a splash to benefit Special Olympics of Michigan in the frigid waters of Muskegon Lake. Yes, the Muskegon Polar Plunge is coming up again quick and you're invited to participate in any number of ways! The most important part of it all is that all the money raised goes to help support the work of Special Olympics here in Michigan giving people with unique abilities a chance to compete and share the fellowship that the games bring.
The Muskegon Polar Plunge has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. Sure, the plunge itself has always been a fun event and raised a lot of money, but the organizers of the event saw that there was plenty of room to add a little more around the event, so they tacked on a Friday night party ahead of things. The Pre Plunge Party is happening at Fricano's on Muskegon Lake from 7-11p on Friday January 26th. You'll find music from Northbound, a great atmosphere, early registration to avoid the lines Saturday before the plunge and since it's at Fricano's, plenty of great food! Saturday, registration gets underway at noon, the plunge itself starts at 2 and at 4p the After Splash Bash gets underway! It's a couple of great days were Old Man Winter gets put in his place and we revel in the fact that we've still got the best place in the state for anything fun in the water....frozen or not!
It takes a great group of people to put an event on like this, and Brian Harris and Todd Dunham will be the first to tell you that it's way more than them who pulls this off year in and year out, however, since Brian and Todd have kind of taken the event over, it's growth has been substantial. They work all year long finding sponsors, donors, divers, teams and volunteers to help make this event such a great success and so many athletes benefit from their tireless work. I had a few minutes to catch up with Brain and Todd to talk about this years plunge...take a listen.
It's a great time for a great cause. Our thanks to Todd and Brian for taking a few minutes today to talk about this years event. Make sure you're part of the fun. Take the plunge yourself or gather up a group of friends and make it a team sport. If the cold water is just too much for ya, there are plenty of ways you can help the cause. Click on the photo below to visit the Special Olympics of Michigan Muskegon Polar Plunge Page!